English Language Proficiency

Regardless of citizenship, applicants are required to demonstrate English Proficiency. Undergrads are required to demonstrate if they not attended a school where English is the principal language of instruction, for at least three years of full-time study. Graduates are required if they do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction or have not attended school for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction.

Proficiency Waiver

 

If you believe you are exempt from this requirement, please complete the English Language Proficiency Waiver.

Undergraduate Requirement

Test Minimum Requirement
TOEFLOpens in new window , paper-delivered Test 500
TOEFLOpens in new window , internet-based Test (iBT) 61
IELTSOpens in new window Academic Test 5.5
PTEOpens in new window Academic Test 43

 

graduate Requirement

Test Minimum Requirement
TOEFLOpens in new window , paper-delivered Test 550
TOEFLOpens in new window , internet-based Test (iBT) 80
IELTSOpens in new window Academic Test 6.5
PTEOpens in new window Academic Test 58

For graduate major specific English language proficiency minimum scores, please visit International Graduate Eligibility Requirements .

The test score must be valid within two years prior to March 30 for fall term applicants and prior to August 31 for spring term applicants.  Due to the paper-delivered TOEFL exam being discontinued, it will only be accepted through April 11, 2023. CSUF TOEFL Institution Code - 4589 

English Language Proficiency Alternatives for Undergraduates

Test/Course Minimum Score/Grade
SAT English Reading & Writing 550
ACT English 22
AP English Language or Literature 3
IB English A: Literature HL 4
GE A2: Written Communication C-